Differences between men’s and women’s teams

Indian women’s cricket has come a long way since the 1970s and ’80s when national team players had to fund their travels and share their train bindings and cricket kits. The women’s game, which has developed independently of the men’s game in India, has progressed rapidly in recent years in terms of financial stability, but a huge chasm still remains.

Smriti Mandhana, one of the highest-earning members of the current women’s team, contracted with BCCI with as much money as the highest paid players on the Indian men’s team in 2004 such as Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly were – Rs 50 lakh.

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But the total earnings of cricket players to play for their country are not just through these central contracts. The total payout that an Indian player receives is a combination of his contract money, match fees, prize money and a percentage of BCCI’s gross annual income.

BCCI pays 26% of its revenue each year to its players; male international players get 13% of it, domestic players 10.3% and 2.7% go to junior players and women.

We try to break down the other three salary elements received by Indian cricketers and women and discover the differences.

Central contracts

The basic salary of cricket contractors, the BCCI’s central contracts, have risen exponentially in recent years, in both men’s and women’s games.

Central Contracts for Indian Women’s Cricket Team for 2021-22:

Women’s contracts 2021/22: Category A (Rs 50 lakh), Category B (Rs 30 lakh) and Category C (Rs 10 lakh).

Men’s contracts 2021/22: Category A + (Rs 7 Crore), Category A (Rs 5 Crore), Category B (Rs 3 Crore) and Category C (Rs 1 Crore).

Central Contracts for Indian Women’s Cricket Team for 2015-16:

Men’s contracts 2015/16: Class A (1 crown Rs), B (Rs 50 lakhs), grade C (Rs 25 lakhs)

Women’s contracts 2015/16: Category A (15 lakh Rs), category B (10 lakh Rs)

Even players from the lowest ranked category of cricketers such as Washington Sundar and Wriddhiman Saha were paid 50 lakh Rs more (twice as much) than the highest paid women cricketers under central contracts such as Mandhana, from 2021/22.

Women’s categories (2021/22)

A – Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma, Rajeshwari Gayakwad

B – Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Tanya Bhatia, Shafali Verma, Pooja Vastrakar

C – Poonam Raut, Shikha Pandey, Jemimah Rodrigues, Richa Ghosh, Harleen Deol, Arundhati Reddy, Sneh Rana

men’s categories (2021/22)

A +: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah

A: Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul and Mohammed Shami.

B: Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Shreyas Iyer, Mohammed Siraj, Ishant Sharma.

C: Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hanuma Vihari, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Shubman Gill, Shikhar Dhawan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Wriddhiman Saha, Mayank Agarwal.

Prize money

Following the 2020 T20 Women’s World Cup, where India reached the final, the women’s national team received a cash prize of Rs 3.75 million.

After the men’s T20 World Cup 2021, in which India advanced to the group stage, the men’s national team received Rs 41.63 million.

Match fees

Fees for matches are usually variable as they depend on the number of sponsors for the event and other factors. The number of sponsors in men’s cricket events is usually much higher than in women’s cricket.

According to rough estimates, an Indian cricket player receives a match fee of 15 lakh Rs for playing a trial match, 6 lakh for playing ODI, Rs. 3 easy to play T20I, according to a 2017 Cricket Monthly survey.

On average, an older cricketer is paid around Rs 20,000 per day – equivalent to a cricket player under 19. By comparison, older cricketers earn Rs 60,000 per game per day.

Equal pay – for (cricket Australia) and against (Smriti Mandhana)

“We have to understand that the income we make comes from men’s cricket. The day women’s cricket starts earning income, I will be the first person to say we need the same thing. But right now, we can’t say that,” Smriti Mandhana said. to journalists at the promotional event 2020.

“I don’t think any of the teammates are thinking about this backlog because the only focus at the moment is to win games for India, attract an audience, get revenue. That’s what we’re striving for and if that happens, all the other things will come to their own. place, ”she said.

The Australian Cricket Board promised equal pay for the women’s national team after the 2020 T20 World Cup and paid $ 600,000 to the women’s team after they won the final to make up the difference in ICC awards money.

“We want to continue our commitment to equality by ensuring that the cash prize earned by the Australian women’s national team at the T20 World Cup is equal to what is offered on the men’s side of the tournament. This will include an equal cash prize for the final, semi-final or group stage,” Kevin said. Roberts, CEO of CA 2019.

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